Tim Micallef from Tim and Sid show

tim micallef with karim kanji

Tim Micallef is co-host of the wildly popular Sportsnet TV program, Tim and Sid.

An honorary resident of Scarborough (he’s actually from Don Mills but proudly beats his chest to the beat of Scarborough), Tim Micallef joined me in studio where we discussed his career, sports and why Sid Seixeiro never seems to wear a tie to work.

This is episode #132  of the Welcome! podcast.

Here are some of the things we talked about:

  • I always thought he was from Scarborough. However, Tim Micallef called Don Mills home.
  • His Malta roots.
  • Playing basketball in high school was much different that playing varsity sports.
  • How his sports career never took off at Carleton University.
  • How he started at The Score as an intern.
  • Where Tim Micallef’s love of the UNLV Running Rebels came from.
  • Tim Micallef shares his thoughts on if NCAA athletes should be paid. Or not.
  • The chemistry he has with Sid Seixeiro on their popular show, Tim and Sid.
  • Tim Micallef’s relationship with Bob McCown.
  • The legacy of Jose Bautista.
  • What does Tim Micallef think of Alex Ovechkin’s first Stanley Cup? And where did all the Ovechkin haters go?
  • Is LeBron James the greatest basketball player of all time? And is Michael Jordan even in the conversation (Sid Seixeiro seems to think Jordan played against much inferior talent)?
  • What is up with Vince McMahon’s XFL?
  • The legacy of Duane Casey and his time with the Toronto Raptors.

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Intro music by Famous.

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Episode #105: Faizal Khamisa

Faizal Khamisa and Karim Kanji

Sportsnet anchor, host and broadcaster Faizal Khamisa joined me in studio to kick off the 2018 season of Welcome! And what a story Faisal has. At age 16 he was diagnosed with cancer. At 29 he’s had his hip and shoulder operated on and has generally gone through more challenges than many people his age. But first, we discuss the hottest team in Toronto: The Toronto Raptors.

Recorded live at Girth Radio.

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Blue Jays at the half – 2016

toronto blue jays

Rogers Media recently released number from Numeris that report on TV and radio numbers of the Toronto Blue Jays.

  • the first 81 games of the season had an average audience of 825,000 viewers on Sportsnet. That’s an increase of 51% over 2015
  • 30 games have been watched by more than one million viewers
  • When it comes to radio, more listeners are tuning in to Jays coverage this year than last as well: on Sportsnet 590 The Fan in the Toronto market up ratings are up 86% for adults 25 to 54, and 32% for men 25 to 54

The success of the Jays gave Sportsnet a 5.9 audience share with an average audience of 216,000 for the month of June, which translates to a year-over-year increase of 29%.

The above numbers were first reported by Media In Canada.

 

Sportsnet Fan 590 Producer JD Bunkis

JD Bunkis

This podcast was originally published on Girth Radio.

Welcome! Episode #30: Sportsnet Radio The Fan 590 Producer and Host JD Bunkis

JD Bunkis is the Producer for The Andrew Walker Show on The Fan 590 in Toronto. He is also the host of Free Association, a podcast all about basketball.

In this episode we chat about JD’s young career, how he got his lucky break in sports radio, and his thoughts about the 2015-2016 Toronto Raptors season.